2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Review | car reviews

Automatic 123 Reviews of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350.

He was known as ML. And you might remember that under that name, it made a huge impression when it hit the market in 1997 as the first mass-market Mercedes-Benz SUV (not counting the separate G-Class, of course).

Perhaps because she was a pioneer, it was a success from the start. However, ML also left its mark for another reason: poor build quality and reliability. However, Mercedes-Benz has shrugged off the criticism and stuck to its lineage. Since then, the generations that succeeded each other have seen the model grow in quality and prestige.

During the previous redesign, introduced for 2012, ML entered the major leagues. In 2015, the new designation that is still valid for Mercedes-Benz was adopted and became the GLE. Last year, it was redesigned to start the decade off in style.

And that’s what he does. She did well in her first pandemic year, and 2021 promises to be her best sales period in many moons. So what makes it so popular?

Here are my explanations of the popularity of the GLE, and why it is so profitable for the German automaker. Because he makes no mistake: For Mercedes-Benz, this model is a real cow.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350, Profile

GLE for everyone
This review is for the GLE 350, but you should know that there are many variants in the kit and each one is aimed at a different buyer. Here, a quick tour of the family to understand the brand’s strategy.

From 255 to 603 HP
Within a particular group, it is common to find different versions of the model, each offering the appropriate levels of equipment for the variable’s place in the hierarchy. The GLE is no different, but the options extend to what buyers can get their hands on.

Among these choices, there are four. Yes four!

starts with three hundred fifty The model and its turbocharged four-cylinder engine make 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. then comes 450 The model and its 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine, which is capable of 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350, engine

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350, engine

Then come the AMG alternatives. First, there is 53, which uses the same engine, but is tuned to produce more power. It has 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Finally, with AMG 63 S A variable, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine sits under the hood, pushing the power to 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. A lightweight hybrid system underpins every AMG engine.

A nine-speed transmission, tuned for more sportiness on AMG models, is standard throughout, as is the 4Matic all-wheel drive system.

Which one is more interesting? Honestly, it depends on your taste and needs. In my humble opinion, the best option is the 450, which is powerful enough to do justice to the logo on the front but not quite as exaggerated as the AMG versions.

And anyway, what are we going to do with the 603 horses on our roads in Canada? AMG models are built specifically for Germany and its Autobahn, but on the other hand, the company loses nothing by offering it here, especially since customers want it.

For these clients, success is measured in horsepower.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350, three quarters rear

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350, three quarters rear

350 . model
So what about the entry level 350? It’s not monotonous, but despite the goodwill and efficiency of the four-cylinder engine that drives it, a large luxury SUV weighed down with a small-displacement engine is generally not a combination that turns a crank. Switching to electricity would solve the mismatch problem, but for now, it’s still more like bringing a knife into a gunfight.

This is of course a matter of opinion. mine. You may find that the marriage is fine. If so, then good for you. I just think that with the 6-cylinder engine under the hood, the 450 version is more convincing. And the price difference? The 350 starts at $69,990, while the 450 starts around $77,000.

With AMG products, we’re on another level—but so are the prices, with GLE models coming in at around $92,000 and $133,000, respectively.

Here’s my second argument for why I choose the GLE 450 over the 350. Let’s take the following two examples. While both cars benefit from 4Matic all-wheel drive, their setup is more varied with the 450 model. Specifically, torque can be distributed 50/50 (front and rear) with the GLE 350. With the 450, it can go from 0 to 100 percent in each axis.

In addition, the optional E-Active Body Control system can be selected to control the stiffness of the springs and shocks, as well as the suspension height at each wheel. This changes everything when it comes to handling.

There are many examples of this. Let’s just say that if you want to build a GLE that’s right, you have more options with the 450 model, and that’s not to mention the fact that it’s a better deal.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Interior

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Interior

As for the driving experience, you’ll think it varies greatly from one GLE to another. With the 350, the focus is on comfort and that’s what you should be looking for. The performance is decent, but forget any notion of sportiness; Handling is softer than hard. Again, this brings us back to the options of the properly equipped 450 version.

As for life on board, it is perfect. Quality, soundproofing and comfort – finding faults in any of these areas is a real challenge. As for the equipment, you have to make a choice, or compromise, with the Model 350.

By the way, on the question of options, know that with Mercedes-Benz, as with luxury German automakers, the amount of additional functions on offer is amazing. As are their prices.

Consider your needs before buying; Your wallet will be better off.

Also consider maintenance costs that exceed the manufacturer’s warranty. Renting should be a priority if your budget is not unlimited.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350, front grille

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350, front grille

Conclusion
The GLE is still a good deal, but in the short term. I won’t stick around for very long with this car. The excellent resale value means that you can benefit from reasonable monthly payments (reasonable in the context of the category), but, again, everything will depend on your choices.

Because once you start marking items on the options list, the bill can go up pretty quickly and it will be.

we love

Offer choice to consumers
Quality build and finish
MBUX multimedia system and interior design

We love less

Option packages price
The 350 version is a little bare-bones
Riding a little slow (350 version)

The competition

Acura MDX
Audi Q7
BMW X5
Cadillac XT5
Genesis GV80
Land Rover Defender 110
Lincoln Nautilus
Cayenne Porsche

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Rear

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 Rear

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